Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless and Watery - Tulsa Skyline

The Tulsa Skyline from across the Arkansas River.  Click and pan.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Gentleman Reading Newspaper.

In Saturday's post you may have noticed a gentleman reading a newspaper to the left behind the fountain.  Smokey stopped to visit for a time.  He seemed like a nice enough gentleman but didn't talk much.  He seemed a bit stiff you might say.

Actually the sculpture is the original Hans Helmerich of Helmerich and Payne drilling, also owners of Utica Square. The newspaper he is reading is a reproduction of a particular day's newspaper from the Tulsa Tribune (now defunct). Thanks Yogi!.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Macro Monday - USNA 1998

Susan's son Paul is spending a few weeks with us.  His current Navy tour of duty in South Korea has ended and he has some time before his next assignment begins.  His wife and children are staying behind until the school term is over.   Paul graduated from the United States Naval Academy in the class of 1998 and proudly wears his class ring.  It is very handsome and a nice subject for Macro Monday.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Bridges - Hominy Creek

Through truss bridge over Hominy Creek on OK 99 in Osage County Oklahoma.  Built in 1936 to replace an older bridge.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Weekend Reflection - Kinetic Water Sculpture

Kinetic water sculpture at Farmers and Merchants Bank, 21st and Utica, Tulsa

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Mohawk Park, Tulsa

Pavilion in Mohawk Park, Tulsa

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thursday Challenge (Green) - Lil' Green Caboose

Not all cabooses are red.  Sadly, most trains run without a caboose nowadays.

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Wordless Wednesday - Door to Cha' Tullis Art Gallery

Cha' Tullis is a Blackfoot Indian living in Hominy, Oklahoma.  He has a gallery full of Native American Art including much of his own sculpture, painting, turquoise and silver jewelry, and various craft items.  It is a great place to visit and browse.  Visit him online HERE.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Antique Shoppe

The gentleman who has this little shop repairs and restores furniture and trades in the sort of old stuff that I have seen referred to as "Junktiques".  He is a nice fellow and repaired some dining room chairs for Susan.  He has some interesting things.  I must admit that I remember when Pepsi-Cola was 5¢ and its selling feature was that it came in a 12 ounce bottle rather than a 6 ounce bottle like Coca-Cola.  Do you remember the jingle? 

"Pepsi-Cola hits the spot /
Twelve full ounces, that's a lot /
Twice as much for a nickel, too /
Pepsi-Cola is the drink for you."

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Blue Monday - Turquoise Vase

Large vase covered in a mosiac of turquoise tiles seen in a Santa Fe shop window. 

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Bridges - US 66 / I 40

To retrace historic Highway 66 takes some doing.  From Oklahoma City through New Mexico US 66 roughly parallels Interstate 40.   Except that I 40 runs straight while US 66 wanders just north of I 40, then south.  Where it is still in use for local traffic that means US 66 frequently crosses I 40 back and forth through a pair of underpasses.  The temptation is to bypass the old road and stay on the 4 lane, but that would be cheating.  We passed through a number of these little crossunders when we retraced Route 66 from Tulsa to Santa Fe in October of 2009.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Black and White Reflections - Pottery Object

Seen in a shop window in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The name of the shop is REFLECTIONS.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Skywatch Friday - The Setting Sun

Here is another view of the sun going down behind the Arkansas River.  But then since I live just east of the river it is hard to see a sunset any other way.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday Challenge (Metal) - Southwood Nursery

The arched roof of Southwood Nursery is part greenhouse and part showroom.  The metal framework supporting glass panels and shady screens give this a bright open look that is inside and outside at the same time.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Doors with Dogs

A fine modern home near Westhope with front doors flanked by handsome bronze Greyhounds.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Japonica, Flowering Quince

A relative of the apple, the quince is admired for its bright red spring flowers and sharp thorns.  The thorns make this a good choice for a barrier hedge.  It does set some fruit which are very sour and can be used to make a fine jelly.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Macro Monday - Pansies

Pansies are a winter hardy flower in more  temperate zones and will even tolerate snow cover for short periods.  They are the result of cross breeding and hybridization of common violets.  In Oklahoma they are often planted in the fall and will winter over to bloom vigorously in the early spring. Pansies come in a wide cariety of colors and sizes.  These are a few of the pansies available at Southwood Nursery in Tulsa

They are the subject of a superstition held by American pioneers. It was thought by many that “a handful of violets taken into the farmhouse in the spring ensured prosperity, and to neglect this ceremony brought harm to baby chicks and ducklings.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Bridges - Highway 51 Bridge

Oklahoma State Highway 51 bridge over Lake Fort Gibson, 6 miles east of Wagoner, Oklahoma. Fort Gibson Lake is located on the Grand (Neosho) River about 5 miles northwest of historic Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, from which it draws its name. It is about 7.7 miles above the confluence of the Grand (Neosho) and Arkansas Rivers. The lake lies in Wagoner, Cherokee, and Mayes Counties and extends upriver to the Markham Ferry Dam (Lake Hudson). 

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Weekend Reflections - Lake Fort Gibson

Lake Fort Gibson east of Wagoner, Oklahoma.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Sky Across the River

The western sky from 47th and Riverside.  One block west of my house.  I like the way the trees are silhouetted against the sky.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Challange - Many (Cars)

Many cars in the parking lot, in the reflection.  Citiplex Towers, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Doors to Westhope

The front entrance to "Westhope", a Frank Lloyd Wright home built in 1929.  This is the only Frank Lloyd Wright structure in Tulsa and one of only 3 in Oklahoma. 

"Westhope" 3704 South Birmingham Avenue, Tulsa, OK.  Built in 1929 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Richard Lloyd Jones

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Saucer Magnolia

The Saucer Magnolia, (Magnolia Soulangeana), is one of the earliest blooming of the ornamental trees.  It holds its blooms for a week or two then drops its petals to form a pink carpet under the tree.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

I am 70 and we had a party

Tuesday March 1 was my birthday but we waited until Sunday to have a gathering.  We had over 30 friends and relatives show up to eat and greet.  There were kids and grandkids, friends from our church, and friends from the Kairos Prison Ministry that both Sue and I are part of.  I spent much of my time holding my newest granddaughter Wren and talking with my other two granddaughters Sarah and Hannah.  


Sarah Alston Miller is 16 and my oldest grandaughter.  Wren Alston Miller is my youngest granddaughter and is one month old.  Alston is an treasured family name.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Bridges - Old Frisco Bridge

The old Frisco Railroad bridge over North Denver Avenue.  The year 1930 is embossed in the center of the span.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Black and White Reflections - Great Blue Heron

This fellow stood very still at the edge of a small pond up in Mohawk Park.  I watched him as he stepped very slowly out into the water.  He leaned forward intently then snapped his head forward and down and came up out of the water with a small fish wiggling in his beak.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Signs of Spring

After a record snowfall and a soaking rain we have enjoyed several weeks of warm sunny days.  Buds are swelling in the trees and the early grasses are greening up.  Although it would not be unusual for us to get a late snow we are sliding surely into spring. 

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Refinery View of the Tulsa Skyline

Tulsa's familiar skyline is put in another context here.  We are on the west side and and looking across the Arkansas River at downtown Tulsa through part of the large oil refinery on the immediate west side of the river.  This facility works 24/7 cracking the crude oil which is pumped out of the ground from a number active oil wells in the Tulsa area and much more piped in from the surrounding area.  Tulsa is still an oil town.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - And I am 70

My sons David and Luke treated me to lunch at the White River Fish Market.  March 1 is my birthday.  When I was 58 I suffered stage 3 colon cancer and was given about 2 years.  I wondered if I would make 60. Now I am 70 and doing pretty darned good thank you.  Over the past 12 years I have met and married a fine sweet lady and to the best of my ability have made the most out of my life.  Every day is a gift.

We told our server that this was a birthday lunch and she treated me to a lovely slice of cherry cheesecake which we shared. It's all good.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Cardinal

Nothing brightens a bird feeder like a male Cardinal.  When I was a kid we called them Redbirds and understood that they were off limits to BB guns.

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